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Hike Dyken Pond

The trails we will be following are Abbot Farm Trail to Long Trail.  Once on Long trail we will pass Grandfather Rock and the Rock Garden while meandering through a beautiful conifer forest.  We will then take the Old Road Trail and join up again with the Long Trail where the forest will change to hardwoods.  We will follow the Long Trail to the junction of Mary McFalls Trail and complete this trail.  We will then walk back Dyken Pond Road to the parking area.

We will be hiking approximately 3.5 miles.  There is an elevation gain on the Long Trail until we get to Grandfather Rock, then there are minor elevation changes to the end.

Bring a lunch as we will be stopping at the Rock Garden for lunch. Don't forget plenty of water and snacks.  Dress appropriately.

If using a GPS, please know that sometimes it will take you to the Berlin side of Dyken Pond.  Use the Cropseyville side.  Take Route 2 to Blue Factory Road.  There are signs directing you to Dyken Pond.  All roads once you leave Route 2 are either county roads or dirt town roads.

Link to their webpage:

Dyken Pond is the principal headwaters of the Poesten Kill, and the largest lake on the Rensselaer Plateau. Its historic dam was built in 1902 by Manning Paper Company and regulated the stream flow powering machinery along the Poesten Kill to Troy.

Manning Paper Company donated its land holdings to Rensselaer County in 1973. Since that time, Rensselaer County has owned and operated this living watershed as an ecological teaching unit as well as a low-use recreation area. As of 2011, there are a total of 594 acres of property at Dyken Pond open to public access. Of this total, Rensselaer County owns 228 acres of land and 180 acres of surface water. The remaining 226 acres of property is conservation land, allowing public use through conservation easements and is used by the Center for trails and educational programs. Of this conservation land, 86 acres is in private ownership and 140 acres is owned by the Friends of the Dyken Pond Center. Tax liability is maintained on all conservation land. Rensselaer County also owns the Dyken Pond dam. The Center coordinates with the Rensselaer County Highway Department for maintenance of the dam. Rehabilitation of the dam using environmental bond act funds was completed in 2003.

Thirty-three ecological communities are found on the property, ranging from beech-maple forests to spruce-fir swamps and vernal pools. This variety offers visitors an exciting blend of places to explore and enjoy.

If you need to contact Dyken Pond Environmental Center the phone # is 658-2055.

Minimum age is 8 (8-15 yrs must have a participating adult with them, 16-17 yrs must have a parent/guardian sign participant agreement but do not need to attend)

•please be dressed for the weather, we will go rain/snow or shine
•Dress in layers
•wear appropriate hiking footwear

•please bring water, snacks and any personal medicines you may need as well as sunscreen,  rain gear, day pack.
•camera and/or binoculars if you have them

If you have trouble finding us, my cell is[masked], feel free to call or text. There is good cell phone service in this area.  Look for my black Jeep Liberty!

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  • Sara

    I had a great time. My ankle is fine and I appreciated everyone's concern. Thanks to Dorothy and Seth for their research, great knowledge, and for being such good guides. See you next time. Happy Thanksgiving.

    1 · November 25, 2013

  • Gail

    Hey Kim, have your hands warmed up = Christmas gift to yourself is mittens. Had a nice time with you.

    November 24, 2013

  • Gail

    This was top notch hike with Dorothy and Seth. Dorothy always brings so much experience and information to these hikes and is always smiling. Thank you Dorothy

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • Sean H

    I'm sorry I didn't make it. I forgot about this. I had the girl I was supposed to tutor cancel out on me....eek

    November 23, 2013

    • Sean H

      I said good to see everyone even though I didn't make it lol

      November 23, 2013

  • Richard K.

    great time

    November 23, 2013

  • Kim M.

    Awesome group! Dorothy and Seth are amazing!

    November 23, 2013

  • Beth

    My garage door is on the fritz! Have to have Mr. Goodwrench come and fix it, so no hike for me today. Hope you guys post lots of pics.

    November 23, 2013

  • Gail

    I'm off waitlist - yea! See you tomorrow at 10AM Dorothy.

    1 · November 22, 2013

  • Dorothy

    For those of you who wanted the weather forecast.... cloudy, about 26 degrees in Grafton at 7:30 AM.... will warm up. Breezy.... dress in layers, there will be a wind chill. Snow squalls according to the weathermen are not expected until later this afternoon.

    See you all in a couple of hours.

    1 · November 23, 2013

    • MaryAnne

      Look out Steve Cap- Dorothy will do the weather and I will do Pet Connection!

      November 23, 2013

  • Jeannie T.

    Family stuff came up~

    November 22, 2013

  • lisa

    Dorothy, we would like to know if its raining in the morning. Thanks

    November 22, 2013

    • Dorothy

      I will post the weather conditions about 8:00 AM

      November 22, 2013

  • Sean H

    I believe that I won't have a hard time finding this. I traded workdays so that I have Sat off.....we'll see.

    November 19, 2013

  • Eva P.

    Took myself off the wait list. I forgot I have class all day that day.

    November 17, 2013

  • A former member

    A former member removed the location. It was Dyken Pond Environmental Center

    October 18, 2013

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